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opiate

1. any of various narcotic drugs, such as morphine and heroin, that act on opioid receptors
2. any other narcotic or sedative drug
3. containing or consisting of opium

opiate

[′ō·pē·ət]
(pharmacology)
A sleep-inducing drug.
Any narcotic.
An opium preparation.
Any tranquilizing agent.
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As noted earlier, Hotsenpiller and Williams (1997) and Williams and Baez (1997) reported that TMT exposure leads to a release of endogenous opiates as evidenced by naltrexone-reversible analgesia.
The endogenous opiate hypothesis attributes this phenomenon to a release of endogenous opiates that accompanies intense levels of exercise; however, evidence in support of the opiate hypothesis is not substantial (Steinberg & Sykes, 1985).
Naltrexone works by increasing the level of endogenous opiates in the bloodstream.
Effects of exogenous and endogenous opiates on the hypothalamic--pituitary--gonadal axis in the male.
As eating causes the brain to release feel-good chemicals called endogenous opiates, some people rely on eating as a way to soothe themselves and release stress, the so-called "comfort food" or "emotional eating".